Pewdiepie Talks About How Horrible He Used To Be

Pewdiepie Talks About How Horrible He Used To Be

Pewdiepie has been on YouTube for about five years now. Inevitably, some fans who have stuck with him the entire way through now think they miss the “old” Pewdiepie. That’s why Pewdiepie took to YouTube last weekend to talk about how awful and amateurish his early days actually were. “Obviously, I’ve undergone a massive change from my first video to my last,” Pewdiepie said in a video response aimed at his unhappy fans. “I am very happy where I am right now, but it still seems that many people are stuck in the old days.” So, Pewdiepie invited viewers to look back on his initial videos with a more critical eye:

One of the first things Pewdiepie notes is that he used to record videos raw, without cutting any of the uninteresting footage away. That is to say: old Pewdiepie wasted viewer’s time with footage that would never make it onto a video in 2016. Nowadays, Pewdiepie records hours and hours of footage, which he then shaves down to a few minutes of the best material.

Pewdiepie also pointed out that he used to make gay jokes, something that he no longer approves of.

“Exposing myself here, but I don’t know, I really don’t like that,” Pewdiepie said, after playing back footage where he calls a character gay. “I still make kind of stupid jokes that I shouldn’t make, but I feel like back then I didn’t understand. I was so immature, and I just thought things were funny just because they were offensive. So I would say a lot of stupid shit.

“I’m not proud of it, I’m really not. But I’m also glad that I’ve grown past it,” Pewdiepie said. Curiously, as he goes through his older catalogue, Pewdiepie finds a video titled with the word “retarded”. Not only does he delete that word from the title on camera, he also jokes that he “really should go through and censor a lot of these videos”.

In one of the more interesting segments, Pewdiepie looks back on his Amnesia videos, a horror series that catapulted him into fame. He says that fans often tell him he felt more natural back then, which is funny, because Pewdiepie notes that he was being a total tryhard the entire time. At one point, you can even see him berating himself for not being funny enough on camera. At another point, Pewdiepie spends an entire episode stuck on the same puzzle for like an hour. Amnesia might’ve made Pewdiepie YouTube’s biggest star, but its far from a perfect Let’s Play, Pewdiepie suggests.

Pewdiepie is adamant that he has grown a lot since 2011, both as an entertainer and as a human being. That said, he does concede to the fans who think he used to look cuter without a beard. Ha.


  • For millions of young people, ‘reflecting upon one’s past and re-thinking how differently one could have acted’ isn’t something they’ll probably learn until they watch this.

  • I do like it when lets players leave in the parts of their plays where they stuck.. i like comparing how long it takes them with how long it takes me to solve a puzzle or get through a level. Or just silently screaming in my head “The switch is right there, dammit!” I just like that. Which is why i love watching dk1games play.

    • Hey guys, we’re entering hour 43 of my play-through of Metal Gear Solid 1 – fingers crossed that today’s the day I beat Psycho Mantis!

  • people like to give pewdiepie shit and while i dont really like his content, he seems like a pretty down-to-earth person. good luck to him.

    • I’m 100% with you dude, for the most part I don’t have the same sense of humor as him in the same way that I don’t enjoy Markplier videos but you’re right whenever i’ve read an article about the dude he seems very down to earth.

  • i used to love watching pewdiepie videos a few years ago. i don’t dislike him or anything. i feel that what he releases now are certainly ‘best bits’ of a gameplay video. the old lets plays felt more like an adventure, with highs and lows and simple commentary. i think it’s why i can still watch game grumps and not pewdiepie and markiplier. at least with GG you get the full experience, not just 4 condensed minutes of freakouts.

    ive also recently gotten into long plays like cryaotic and nicob, they play lengthy narrative driven games, and also give off that sitting-on-the-couch-with-them vibe. again, that sense of starting an adventure together.

    i guess we like watching people play games for different reasons. pewdiepie became more of an entertainer than a gamer in the end.

  • He has nothing to say, that’s my problem with him. Also, everything released through him is now carefully managed.

    • As opposed to every other figure in the public eye who is worth a lot of money since ever?

      • As opposed to how he “used to be”, (the context of the article).

  • I always felt like a big part of the appeal is how raw these types of YouTube personalities are. That’s what you can’t get elsewhere. Even when they’re playing a character it builds a connection. When they up the production values it can work, Game Grumps is a lot better thanks to decent production values, but it can also take away what separates these shows from traditional media. They end up following the same rules and standards which lands them in a place where they’re just making the same content as traditional media but with a skeleton crew and less skill.
    Pewdiepie not using terms like retarded is good, but Pewdiepie absorbing the standard white, corporate inoffensive filter into his thought process weakens the connection between him and his audience that made him a success to begin with. It’s not bad but it’s weird because second and third year Let’s Players who build their career around being regular people end up doing what’s more or less the MTV version of a Let’s Play.

  • The elephant in the room here is that he’s never been any good. He went from a noisy, abrupt douchebag to a very bored millionaire, without really stopping off to develop any real character at any stage. ‘You can’t argue with success!’, you protest. I give you Kid Rock – he’s sold some albums. He stinks. I guess the kids of today will need something to look back on and regret, and PewDiePie is it.

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